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Stephen King in US$5m lawsuit over ‘Dark Tower’ series

Stephen King in US$5m lawsuit over ‘Dark Tower’ series

March 29, 2017

NEW YORK, March 29 — Horror writer Stephen King is being sued by the comic book creator of The Rook over his Dark Tower series. In the lawsuit filed, King is being sued US$500 million (RM2.2 billion) for allegedly basing the idea for the main character in his book series — gunslinger Roland Deschain — on the protagonist in The Rook, Restin Dane. Similar to Dane, The Rook creator noted that King’s Deschain dresses like a cowboy despite not being from the Old West, and the... Read more

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Book fans go online to promote reading among Singaporeans

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New newspaper prompts war of weeklies in New Jersey suburb MONTCLAIR (New Jersey), March 28 — In a newsroom wedged into a storefront here, reporters worked on stories about the contentious issues driving the conversation around town, like a... Read more



Between the lines: Historians put Stalin-era diaries online

Between the lines: Historians put Stalin-era diaries online MOSCOW, March 27 — Tatiana Panova holds a photograph of her great-grandfather as a solemn-faced student in 1923 in the Soviet Union, around 16 years before he died in a prison camp during... Read more

Paris book fair features leading French election candidate (VIDEO)

Paris book fair features leading French election candidate (VIDEO) PARIS, March 25 — The Paris book fair attracted presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Luc Melenchon when it kicked off yesterday during a tense campaign where books and... Read more

Put a spring into your fitness regime with new season book releases

Put a spring into your fitness regime with new season book releases NEW YORK, March 25 — With this week marking the start of spring, it’s a good time to think about giving your health a boost by reinvigorating your exercise regime. We’ve rounded up a... Read more

Verse-imilitude: The charming tale of Sarah Dooley’s poetic protagonist

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Verse-imilitude: The charming tale of Sarah Dooley’s poetic protagonist KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 — Abandoned by her mother when she was little and orphaned after her father and brother perished in separate accidents, Sasha Harless, the teen protagonist in Sarah... Read more


An insider’s tour of the word factory

An insider’s tour of the word factory NEW YORK, March 23 — Merriam-Webster, the oldest dictionary publisher in America, has turned itself into a social media powerhouse over the past few years. Its editors star in online... Read more

Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter dies at 86

Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter dies at 86 LONDON, March 22 — British crime writer Colin Dexter, best known for his popular Inspector Morse character, died yesterday at the age of 86, his publisher said in a statement. “With... Read more

Jane Austen faked her own marriage twice

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Gucci Mane shares first look at cover of autobiography

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres reads a book with Syrian children during his visit to Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq March 29, 2017. — Reuters pic

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres reads a book with Syrian children during his visit to Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq March 29, 2017. — Reuters pic